ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Writer's Block: How to Get Away From It?

Updated on July 13, 2015

Writers are not perfect and there are some challenges in the process of finishing a creative output. Either searching for a scene or finding the right pitch, when you get a sudden writer's block, it seems difficult to get away from it.

Don't leave your page empty. Start writing. Anything
Don't leave your page empty. Start writing. Anything

Start Writing

Even though you may think that you are nowhere near any productive output, and stuck with a very clean sheet of paper. Pause. Then write.

During my university years, there was this professor who made the class write anything in two minutes. No tricks needed. No grammar checks. Only follow a simple rule: write any word or phrase that you can, and don't try to make a complete sentence.

This activity may sound trivial at first, however, when you look at the list of words you've written after the time, you will be surprise to find new inspiration for your writing. Many writers can get inspired in a variety of ways. An image, person, word, drop of water, color, almost anything can inspire you to write. You just simply have to start.

Find inspiration even from the smallest things
Find inspiration even from the smallest things

Breathe and Find Inspiration

Maybe after hours of working on a story, you are already feeling exhausted and think that all your creative juices have been squeezed out. Just relax and take a break. This is the time that you need to refresh.

Do some of these exercises:

1. Do some stretching. Don't stare at the computer screen.
2. Slowly breathe in and out. Count to at least 10.
3. Stand, walk across the room for a minute. Stretch.
4. Look outside the window and find some inspiration.
5. Walk along the street for five minutes.

Go back to work. Write or type anything that you remember. You will get the chance to have new ideas ahead.

Re-read what you've written

This time you might have some words, sentences, or even paragraphs that you've written. Read back to them and see means to improve them. Whenever someone experiences having a writer's block it is good to exercise by rechecking and revising the ones that are already done.

This task may be tedious at times, but it is a process that writers' should not skip. It is the time where you reflect on the ones you've written. There is even a reminder that I received from my university adviser that I have repeatedly tried to be part of my habit: The first thing you write or think about is not good. Because most of the time it would be a cliché or expected. Go back to it and revise. Follow the write, revise, re-write, revise more, and finalize process. You might be surprise with the result.

Multi-task: It's not as bad as it sounds

You can try to work on more than one project at a time. This might sound crazy because you are actually trying to get yourself to focus. This move can actually help you in mapping out your ideas. There is some instances when writer's block is because you actually have too many ideas bursting out of your mind, but you just can't pinpoint what to really use.

However, be wary that sometimes most of those ideas could really be messy and won't lead you to hit the best story yet. But at least you have somewhere to start with. This won't necessarily be a source of distraction, but more of an outlet for your unspoken thoughts to have some place to settle while you figure out how to spread them properly into one coherent storyline.

Re-consider your writing space and schedule

It is good for people to follow a certain security with a routine. However, too familiar situation can also hinder your productivity and might block your creative juices from coming out. Try to tweak your usual routine or move your writing space some place where you can have less distractions.

It is a good practice to bring in some small changes to your writing habit, this can also give you some fresh start to a story. It doesn't have to be a drastic change. Small steps can have gain good results. You may opt to start with your writing schedule. Write in the early morning.

In my personal experience, I figured out that I am a morning person. My brain works better in the early morning. This can also help you because this time is when your environment is still quiet and peaceful. You would want to eliminate as much noise and bother as possible, to make yourself focused.

Learn from Other Books

Find time to read even from other genre
Find time to read even from other genre | Source
Get ideas or inspiration from old books.
Get ideas or inspiration from old books. | Source

Don't be scared to experiment

There is no single shot in breaking free of a writer's block. The best way is to find out what best fits you and try to stick with it. Some writers prefer a more organized and clean routine, while others are a mix-and-match of different styles. No matter what happen, do not be discouraged. Also, do not be too hard on yourself.

Let the time help you and while you are at that phase of finding ways, read books, watch movies, hangout with friends. These will help you see through a different lens and might give you some ideas to use and drag you out of that dreaded writer's block.

When do you prefer to write?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • JM Salgado profile image
      Author

      JM Salgado 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks, Hannah. I'm really trying my best to write helpful guides. :)

    • Hannah David Cini profile image

      Hannah David Cini 3 years ago from Nottingham

      A good hub with some useful ideas

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)